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Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Bitter
Banbury, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled; pasteurised.
Previously Best Bitter, name changed in to Hooky Bitter in April 2005. "Bitter" subsequently dropped from the name. ABV reduced from 3.6% to 3.5% in 2012.
A subtly balanced, golden bitter, hoppy to the nose, malty on the palate - the classic session beer, eminently drinkable.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2010
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body with a one inch foamy off-white head that left heavy sheets of lacing. Nice bready and biscuity malt with just a touch of hops. Some huskiness as well. Really flavorful for such a light beer, dry bready and toasted malt. Finishes with a hoppy snap and some lingering maltiness. Light bodied and crisp for a Bitter with fizzy carbonation and a very clean finish for an ale. A very nice beer. I’d say that it’s a bit overpriced (here in the US), but at least it tastes good!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1748) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2009
Golden orange with a lasting, one finger white head. Light and sweet bready, biscuit malt aromas. Some good initial sweetness, bit of caramel and toastiness leading to a lingering dry grassy bitterness and a slightly floral note. Light to medium body, quite a lively mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle from the brewery.Pale copper with an airy white collar. Nose hay and hazelnut with a pleasant woodsy rub of hop cone. Soft malty bitter with an affable mush of dunked biscuit, milk chocolate and honey about it. Some soap and hop in the finish, before the malts return in a long sweet caramel-accented aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 2, 2009
From a 500 ml bottle this poured a dark gold with a small white and quickly dissipating head the left light lacing. Nose of caramel malts and floral hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is malty with some moderate bitterness that carries through to the finish.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beth101 (528) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle from morrisons copper colour with a thin off white head.Aroma of malt not much else though. Taste of bitter malt

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2009
bottle, golden color with light foam, aromas of dried apricots, flavor is fruity, mild with some bitter metallic on the finish

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (3970) - Burgos, SPAIN - SEP 28, 2009
Bottle, Morrisons. Clear golden colour, off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts. Flavour is malty, with a hint of hops. Slightly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4310) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Pours amber into an English pint. Pancake head with good retention leaves slight sheets as it recedes. Caramel and hop aromas. Smooth caramel upfront turning thin and bitter in the lasting finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Decent lace and a lasting head. Pale amber color and reasonable clarity (slight haze) Here’s something new: I detect something resembling play-dough. The stronger smell is bittering hop. Low dry-ish malt aroma in the background. A thin beer, particularly for a English Bitter, although it has a proper level of carbonation. Fairly standard stuff here. Nice balance. Not as "British" tasting as some Bitters, but it holds its own.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (20239) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2009
Bottled. Deep golden colour with mediumsized foamy white head. Aroma is nectar, mild honey, some wood and grass along with herbal notes. Flavour is wooden, flowery hoppy, some grass as well as some mild nutty notes as well. Easy to drink and quite pleasant for being only 3.6%.


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